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Parallel Join with Pig
Alberto Cordioli 2012-10-12, 09:46
Hi all,

I have a simple question about join in Pig.
I want to do a simple self join on a relation in Pig. So I load two
instances of the same relation in this way:

I1 = LOAD '/myPath/myFile' as (a:chararray, b:int, c:int);
I2 = LOAD '/myPath/myFile' as (a:chararray, b:int, c:int);

Then, I join by the second field:
x = JOIN I1 BY b, I2 BY b PARALLEL 20;
I would expect that Pig assigns to a reducer tuples with the same join key.
For example if my relation I1=I2 is:

x 1 10
x 2 15
y 1 4
y 4 7

I expect one reducer join first and third tuples and another the other two.
What happens instead is that a single reducer do the join for all the
tuples. This results in 19 useless reducer and 1 overloaded.
Can someone explain me why this happens? The standard Pig join does
not parallelize the work by join key?

Alberto Cordioli